Data indicates water use rising

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 06:23 PM

The Kerr Lake Regional Water System advisory board received an update on the status of its request for an inter-basin transfer certificate, which would allow the system to expand its capacity to meet increased demand in the future.

Since 2009, the regional water system has been in the process of obtaining permission from the state to move massive amounts of water from one river basin to another.

The water system is authorized by the state to transfer 10 million gallons per day from the Roanoke River Basin to the Tar-Pamlico and Fishing Creek river basins.

But, the IBT certificate would allow the system to expand the Henderson water treatment plant and storage in Kerr Lake to 20 million gallons per day, which is authorized by its 1974 agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

CH2M Hill, a global firm, has been working with the advisory board as a consultant.

At the advisory board’s Monday meeting, CH2M Hill staff gave the board an overview of recent water usage data and projections showing an increase in future demand.

William Kreutzberger, a vice president of the firm, said the process was delayed because state officials were waiting for input about water demand from Virginia.

He said the model for the Roanoke River Basin would indicate whether the transfer will result in significant water level changes, significant changes to downstream flows or significant changes to power generation.

“We don’t anticipate the model will change but when you have a process like this you want to be able to say you used the latest planning model,” he said.

He said environmental impact statement of the proposed transfer is fairly complete but will likely be updated later this year. The statement assesses the effect of the interbasin transfer on the surrounding air, land and water.

 

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